In our last blog, we talked about why repairing cracked or chipped teeth is crucial for protecting your smile’s health and function. In today’s blog, we would like to look at another common warning sign of trouble: toothaches. When your tooth hurts, you should let your El Paso, TX, dentists know, so we can restore your smile to full function, health, and beauty.
Cavities and Infections
A dental cavity forms when harmful bacteria makes contact with the inner dentin, the sensitive substance that makes up most of your tooth structure. The dentin is usually protected by the outer enamel, a thin layer of preventive material. However, poor oral hygiene could lead to plaque buildup and eventually, weakened or eroded outer enamel. A cavity then forms. Over time, the decay could grow more serious until bacteria is able to reach the inner pulp, the group of living tissues that sits at the center of your tooth. Treatment is crucial for preventing your infection from leading to a lost tooth or the spread of infection to other teeth. Warning signs often include tooth sensitivity and toothaches, so if you have pain in your tooth, let us know!
Cracks and Chips
When you crack or chip a tooth, initial discomfort is very apparent, but over time the tooth could begin to ache or feel sensitive, as the injury exposes the dentin and potentially even the pulp, leading to higher risk of cavities and dental infection. If you have damage, even if it appears very minor, please let our team know. We will schedule a time to see you and offer treatment, such as dental bonding or a crown, to restore the health and beauty of your smile.
Seeing Your Safe and Health When You Visit
When you see our team, we will schedule an appointment to ensure you are not sharing the waiting room with other people. We also clean and disinfect common surfaces in between each visit, such as door handles, waiting room and bathroom surfaces, chairs, and more. We want to make sure you stay healthy and safe when you visit us, and leave with a healthy and attractive smile. If you have any questions about our approach to emergency treatment, or if you have recently experienced pain in your smile or a chipped tooth, then please talk to our team today.
SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO RESTORES SMILES
At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, our team knows that pain in your smile could mean you have a cavity or possibly an infected tooth that needs attention. We want to help you continue to enjoy a healthy smile! For more information on our emergency treatment options, contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.